The Card Party

WAG 2269


A copy of an original once thought to be by Hogarth and now ascribed to his early rival as a painter of conversation pieces, the Scotsman Gawen Hamilton. A superior version is in the Tate Gallery, London. The group is thought to include, at the back, the German artists Dietrich André, in front of him his newly-wed English wife, and to the right, the artists Sir James Thornhill (for whom André worked) with Mrs Thornhill. The picture at the back, which exists today in real life, has been identified as an ‘Allegory of Painting and Sculpture’ and attributed, from its appearance in this work, to André’s teacher, Justus van Bentum.